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Fears and Fascinations: Representing Catholicism in the American South

Thomas F. Haddox

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823225217
eISBN:
9780823236947
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823225217.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature

This book charts what has been a largely unexplored literary landscape, looking at the work of such diverse writers as the gens de couleur libre poets of antebellum New Orleans, Kate ... More


World War I and Southern Modernism

David A. Davis

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781496815415
eISBN:
9781496815453
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496815415.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

When the United States entered World War I, parts of the country had developed industries, urban cultures, and democratic political systems, but the South lagged behind, remaining an impoverished, ... More


Agrarian Catholics: The Catholic Turn in Southern Literature

Thomas F. Haddox

in Fears and Fascinations: Representing Catholicism in the American South

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823225217
eISBN:
9780823236947
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823225217.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature

Even after several decades of attention to her work, Flannery O'Connor's critics can be grouped into those who read her primarily through a theological lens and those who focus ... More


Medieval Yearnings: A Catholicism for Whites in Nineteenth-Century Southern Literature

Thomas F. Haddox

in Fears and Fascinations: Representing Catholicism in the American South

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823225217
eISBN:
9780823236947
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823225217.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature

The planter as kindly lord of the manor is a familiar trope in nineteenth-century southern literature — pastoral and paternalist are the standard adjectives used to describe ... More


Conclusion: World War II and Southern Modernity

David A. Davis (ed.)

in World War I and Southern Modernism

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781496815415
eISBN:
9781496815453
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496815415.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

World War I brought southerners into contact with modernity at a distance, but World War II brought modernity to the South. The inherent tension between the South’s rural, agricultural social ... More


Oaks, Serpents and Dandies: Pseudoaristocracy in Maria Edgeworth's Castle Rackrent and John Pendleton Kennedy's Swallow Barn

Ellen Crowell

in The Dandy in Irish and American Southern Fiction: Aristocratic Drag

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748625482
eISBN:
9780748652051
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748625482.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter compares dandyism in Anglo-Irish and Anglo-Southern literature, focusing on Maria Edgeworth's Castle Rackrent and John Pendleton Kennedy's Swallow Barn. It argues that in these two ... More


Transatlantic Rites of Passage in the Friendship and Fiction of Eudora Welty and Elizabeth Bowen

Kathryn Stelmach Artuso

in Rethinking the Irish in the American South: Beyond Rounders and Reelers

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617037986
eISBN:
9781621039525
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617037986.003.0006
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter examines the transatlantic friendship between Eudora Welty and Elizabeth Bowen, which provides invaluable insights into the aesthetic and intercultural transactions between Irish and ... More


Faulkner and Welty and the Southern Literary Tradition

Noel Polk

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781934110843
eISBN:
9781604733235
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781934110843.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

As one of the preeminent scholars of southern literature, Noel Polk has delivered lectures, written journal articles and essays, and discussed the rich legacy of the South’s literary heritage around ... More


A Visitation of Narratives: Dialogue and Comics in Randall Kenan’s A Visitation of Spirits

Alison Mandaville

in Comics and the U.S. South

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617030185
eISBN:
9781621032212
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617030185.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

In his 2007 book The Fire This Time, North Carolina author Randall Kenan associates comics with sex and sin. This relationship is evident in his postmodern prose novel A Visitation of Spirits (1989), ... More


Once a Paradise: Brad Watson’s Southern Afterlife

Wade Newhouse

in Rough South, Rural South: Region and Class in Recent Southern Literature

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9781496802330
eISBN:
9781496804990
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496802330.003.0020
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter discusses Brad Watson's 2002 novel The Heaven of Mercury, which lies squarely amid the matrix of evolving and competing Souths. It has recently become standard at conferences and in ... More


Fugitives Captured: The Wasteland of Southern Identity

Angie Maxwell

in The Indicted South: Public Criticism, Southern Inferiority, and the Politics of Whiteness

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9781469611648
eISBN:
9781469614519
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469611648.003.0005
Subject:
History, Social History

The public criticism of the South was not limited to religious fundamentalism, but spread to southern art and letters and culture in general. This chapter focuses on the Fugitive poets of Nashville, ... More


John Pendleton Kennedy’s Plantation of the Picturesque

Christopher Hanlon

in America’s England: Antebellum Literature and Atlantic Sectionalism

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199937585
eISBN:
9780199333103
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199937585.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, American, 18th Century and Early American Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines the resonance of the English picturesque in the U.S. South, arguing that while southern appreciators of landscape during the antebellum period admired the picturesque for ... More


Unlinking Race and Gender: The Awakening as a Southern Novel

Barbara C. Ewell

in The Past Is Not Dead: Essays from the Southern Quarterly

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617033032
eISBN:
9781617033056
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617033032.003.0017
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter explores the writing of Kate Chopin, focusing on her novel The Awakening. It argues that while Chopin is not technically a southerner and The Awakening does not always “feel” like a ... More


From “The Rise of Southern Redneck and White Trash Writers”1

Erik Bledsoe

in Rough South, Rural South: Region and Class in Recent Southern Literature

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9781496802330
eISBN:
9781496804990
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496802330.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter discusses the emergence of a new generation of southern writers who are giving voice to a different group of southerners, forcing their readers to reexamine long-held stereotypes and ... More


Southern Writers: Notes Toward a Definition of Terms

Thadious M. Davis

in The Past Is Not Dead: Essays from the Southern Quarterly

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617033032
eISBN:
9781617033056
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617033032.003.0010
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter attempts to provide a definition for a Southern woman writer. It asks: Who or what is a Southern woman writer? Should the emphasis be placed on Southern or on woman, or equally on both? ... More


Faulkner and Welty and the Southern Literary Tradition

Noel Polk

in Faulkner and Welty and the Southern Literary Tradition

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781934110843
eISBN:
9781604733235
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781934110843.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

Generations of southern writers and readers after William Faulkner have adopted his vision, seeing “The South” through his eyes rather than through their own or struggling against that vision. ... More


Civil Rights and the Southern Folk Aesthetic

Stephen Schryer

in Maximum Feasible Participation: American Literature and the War on Poverty

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781503603677
eISBN:
9781503606081
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9781503603677.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter explores the persistence of community action as an ideal in post-1960s black feminist fiction, focusing on Alice Walker’s Meridian and Toni Cade Bambara’s The Salt Eaters. Both writers ... More


Morphing Once Again: From Jack to Simon Suggs to Aunt Lucille

Winifred Morgan

in Southern Frontier Humor: New Approaches

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617037689
eISBN:
9781621039389
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617037689.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

This chapter examines the legacy of southern frontier humor beyond the southern local color tradition by focusing on the trickster. It shows the reemergence of the trickster as con artist in ... More


Elevated above the Real: The Poor White Southerner in Cormac McCarthy’s Early Novels

Marcus Hamilton

in Rough South, Rural South: Region and Class in Recent Southern Literature

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9781496802330
eISBN:
9781496804990
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496802330.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter discusses the work of Cormac McCarthy, whose early novels depicted the poor white southerner. In The Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture, Robert Benson praises McCarthy for his ... More


“The Influence of William Faulkner”

George Garrett

in The Dixie Limited: Writers on William Faulkner and His Influence

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9781496803382
eISBN:
9781496806789
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496803382.003.0030
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter discusses the influence of William Faulkner on young writers, arguing that no contemporary writer can ignore his work. It contends that it is especially difficult to be a “southern” ... More


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